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OCC's Student Body More International

March 17, 1998|JOHN CANALIS and LISA ADDISON and DEBRA CANO and JOHN POPE

Orange Coast College has achieved its goal of enrolling more international students this year, pushing the total to 874 students.

Last year, the college enrolled 784 international students.

International students are coveted by American colleges and universities because they bring worldwide perspective to the classroom and pay higher tuition, officials said.

Foreign students pay $139 a unit compared with the $13 a unit that California residents pay.

Officials at the college's international center said they expect to enroll as many as 1,000 students by 2000. Potential students are reached via the computer, fax and phone.

"I first found OCC on the Internet," said Karin Jarlstedt, a film student from Sweden. "I got on the World Wide Web to look for a program in film and broadcasting."

Students live with local families, relatives in the area or in apartments.

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